Listen: TRZTN Collabs w/ Karen O on Visceral New Single ‘Hieroglyphs’

When we last heard from avant-pop composer TRZTN (Tristan Bechet) back in December, the Portuguese born, now Paris residing enigma has just collab’d with British ballet dancer Lauren Cuthbertson on a stunningly choreographed video for ‘Metal Sky.’

Now, as the final teaser to the arrival of his intriguingly titled new album Royal Dagger Ballet (out tomorrow, January 22), he has released the video for the lush but jittery new single ‘Hieroglyphs,’ featuring none other than the Goddess Karen O. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer has honestly rarely sounded so simultaneously sultry and tranquil, as if she intended her performance as a sort of come-hither lullaby.

Lyrically, much like the undertaking of deciphering hieroglyphics, the track seems to contain clues and codes that are not at first readily understood.

“Hieroglyphs in the dust of the first eclipse
Paradise in the black Abyss
Hieroglyphs

Hieroglyphs in the dust of the first eclipse
Reach around for the perfect script”

“Without holding back, I embarked on a phantasmagorical way of production,” Bechet explains, “sculpting sound more than composing conventionally. I recorded clangs and digital white noise. I re-shaped her voice, deformed the structure, and resampled her own vocals creating the main staccato vocal theme. The track disintegrates and falls back together like the push and pull of a rubber band stretching.” 

The accompanying video shows a lone woman, dressed in fiery red, seemingly cathartically acting out her rawest emotions in a kind anguished, spasmodic dance – before a bizarrely beautiful transformation takes place. Somewhere in there surely is a metaphor for extended isolation’s acute effect on the psyche – so, yes, perfect for our as yet still quarantined times.

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